|ADP:||Round: 4, Pick: 12|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 207 lb.|
|Born:||August 7, 1997|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 1 (1)|
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Murray put on some weight during the offseason, Mike Jurecki of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Listed at 5-foot-10, 207 pounds, Murray has the same approximate body type as division rival Russell Wilson. The second-year pro may be the shortest starting quarterback in the league, but his ability to withstand hits doesn't seem to be a major point of concern. While their offensive line remains a potential weak point, the Cardinals could take a big step forward on offense with DeAndre Hopkins climbing aboard for Year 2 of the Kingsbury/Murray project.
The Cardinals provided Murray with another proven wide receiver following the acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans.
Analysis: Despite having few reliable WR options beyond Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk and an uneven ground game until the midseason addition of Kenyan Drake in 2019, Murray completed 64 percent of his passes en route to 3,722 yards (15th in the NFL), 20 touchdowns (21st) and 12 interceptions (tied for 11th) as a rookie. Murray also ripped off 544 yards at 5.8 YPC -- both good for second behind last year's MVP Lamar Jackson -- and added four more scores on the ground. It's safe to consider that stat line as Murray's floor, and the 22-year-old's ceiling has been boosted with Hopkins, a perennial 1,000-yard receiver who's averaged 1.1 20-plus-yard catches per game in seven pro seasons, on board.
Murray was voted AP Offensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Murray lived up to his billing as the first overall pick in the 2019 draft and has a bright future ahead of him after taking home this award. He's a premier asset in dynasty formats and will be on the radar in redraft leagues as well as he continues to mature as the Cardinals' starting quarterback.
Murray concluded his rookie season completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while turning 93 carries into 544 yards and four more TDs in 16 games.
Analysis: With such a stat line, Murray joined Cam Newton from 2011 as the only rookie signal-callers to surpass 3,500 yards through the air and 500 yards as a rusher. Murray also had eight contests with two or more passing touchdowns, five 300-yard performances and a streak of 211 passes in a row without an interception. The skill positions for the Cardinals may experience a change in 2020, as veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and midseason acquisition Kenyan Drake are unrestricted free agents. However, considering the foundation Murray has laid to kick off his career, he'll be trending up in advance of his sophomore season with coach Kliff Kingsbury at the controls of the offense.
Murray (arm) was able to return to Sunday's season finale against the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Murray couldn't guide his team to a comeback after returning in the fourth quarter, but he raised his passing total for the game to 324 yards, giving the rookie first overall pick 3,721 passing yards for the season.
Murray (arm) exited in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams and was replaced by Brett Hundley, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Murray completed 22 of 37 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions prior to exiting the game. Assuming he's done for the game, Murray will finish his rookie season with 3,685 passing yards and a 20:12 TD:INT. According to Weinfuss, doctors were checking out Murray's lower right arm after he exited the game.
Murray (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday against the Rams at L.A., Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Limited all week due to a right hamstring injury, Murray was termed a game-time decision by coach Kliff Kingsbury. His availability was contingent on a pregame workout, in which he must have performed well enough for the training staff to sign off on his status. In his first faceoff with the Rams this season, Murray completed 19 of 34 passes for 163 yards and one interception while running four times for 28 yards and a TD.
Murray (hamstring), who remains listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The Cardinals are still essentially viewing Murray as a game-time decision leading up to the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, but the rookie's strained right hamstring apparently didn't prove too problematic for him while he worked out earlier in the day. Unless Murray experiences a setback during pregame warmups, he should garner the starting nod and put a cap on what has been a mostly positive rookie season. Through his first 15 outings, Murray has completed 64.6 percent of his attempts for 3,397 yards and a 18:10 TD:INT while adding 544 yards and four scores on the ground.
Murray (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, is viewed as a true game-time decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Rapoport's report essentially aligns with what coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday about Murray, who ceded most of the reps to No. 2 quarterback Brett Hundley during practice this week. Even with little at stake for the non-contending Cardinals in the finale, Kingsbury previously said that he wanted Murray to suit up if the hamstring cooperates, as the coach believes having the rookie play in the matchup with a divisional opponent is a good developmental opportunity. Those considering Murray in season-long lineups or DFS contests would be taking a risk, as the Cardinals and Rams don't kick off until 4:25 p.m. ET, when eight games will have already started.
Murray (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Coach Kliff Kingsbury suggested the rookie is truly questionable and will be a game-day decision, though other signs point in the direction of a Week 17 absence, with Brett Hundley taking most of the practice reps and Drew Anderson promoted from the practice squad. There's no guarantee of a final answer before the Cardinals release their inactive list approximately 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. Hundley will get the start if Murray's name is included on that list.
Murray will be a game-day decision for Sunday's contest against the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Kliff Kingsbury said he isn't sure if Murray will be ready to play, also mentioning that Brett Hundley has taken most of the practice reps and quarterback Drew Anderson has been promoted from the practice squad. While none of that sounds promising, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site thought Murray was moving around without much trouble during Friday's practice. Ultimately, the Cardinals aren't in the mix for a playoff spot, so it wouldn't make sense to play Murray unless the medical staff believes his hamstring is truly healed. A 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff complicates matters for fantasy mangers, but we could get hints on the Cardinals' decision earlier in the weekend.
Murray (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Murray has yet to progress to a 'full' showing in practice this week, the result of a hamstring injury. In particular, he was seen throwing on the side Tuesday before fitting in some individual drills Thursday, according to Scott Bordow of The Athletic. Ultimately, Murray's activity level Friday will go a long way in coach Kliff Kingsbury's decision-making process for Sunday's season finale against the Rams in L.A.
Murray (hamstring) participated in a handful of drills, but not all of them, during the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: On Tuesday, Murray was contained to throwing before leaving the field once the session kicked off. Still, the activity was enough for the rookie signal-caller to be listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. Considering his workload so far Thursday, Murray seems poised to have a cap on his reps again, but the Cardinals' second Week 17 injury report will reveal how much he was able to handle.
Arizona lists Murray (hamstring) as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Due to the holiday, the Cardinals held their first Week 17 practice Tuesday, with Murray only taking part in individual drills that day. As such, Murray's limited listing on the practice report comes as little surprise, but the quarterback still has two more days to increase his activity level. Despite little being on the line for Arizona in Sunday's season finale against the Rams, coach Kliff Kingsbury has said that Murray will start the contest if the hamstring isn't an issue for the rookie.
Murray threw passes but didn't participate in individual drills at the portion of Tuesday's unofficial practice open to the media, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The Cardinals won't reveal Murray's activity level until they post Wednesday's injury report, but it appears his minor right hamstring strain will keep him to either LP or DNP. There's no reason to believe Murray won't be under center Sunday against the Rams in L.A., but Brett Hundley is next in line for reps if they become available.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Murray (hamstring) is expected to take part in Tuesday's unofficial practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Cardinals removed Murray during the third quarter of Week 16's eventual win at Seattle due to a hamstring issue. An MRI on Monday revealed the rookie quarterback "tweaked" his right hamstring, per Kingsbury, who called it a minor strain. The team won't release an injury report for the season finale until Wednesday, at which point Murray's activity level will become known.
The MRI that Murray underwent Monday on his right hamstring injury revealed only a minor strain, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Fortunately for Murray, he avoided a significant injury after exiting in the third quarter of Sunday's 27-13 win over the Seahawks, but the Cardinals still intend to take a wait-and-see approach with the signal-caller in advance of their Dec. 29 regular-season finale versus the Rams. Coach Kliff Kingsbury noted earlier Monday that Murray will play in Week 17 if healthy enough to do so, so the rookie's participation in practices Wednesday through Friday bears a close eye. Brett Hundley is the next man up on the depth chart if the Cardinals elect to hold Murray out against Los Angeles.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed Monday that Murray will undergo an MRI to gain more information about the hamstring injury he sustained in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Seahawks, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Before departing in the third quarter, Murray had been enjoying a productive day in the Cardinals' eventual upset victory, finishing with 11 completions on 18 attempts for 118 yards and a touchdown while adding 40 yards on six carries. The 5-9-1 Cardinals don't have much at stake in their Week 17 matchup with the Rams, though Kingsbury noted that Murray will start if healthy enough to do so, as Arizona believes the extra reps against a divisional opponent will prove beneficial for the quarterback's long-term development. The Cardinals should have a better idea on Murray's status for the regular-season finale after the results of the MRI are read, but Brett Hundley would step in under center if the 22-year-old isn't available against Los Angeles.
Murray's (hamstring) status for Week 17 against the Rams is uncertain, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Odegard adds that coach Kliff Kingsbury will only play Murray if he's 100 percent healthy. The 5-9-1 Cardinals will play it safe with their rookie quarterback, so there's a good chance Brett Hundley will start under center after relieving Murray in Sunday's win over Seattle.
Murray suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's game in Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: In between third-quarter possessions, the Cardinals training staff examined Murray before making a call on his health. If he's unable to return, he'll end the day with 118 yards and one TD on 11-for-18 passing to go with six carries for 40 yards. Veteran Brett Hundley has replaced Murray under center for the Cardinals.
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